INTERNATIONAL JOB SEEKERS
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has easily emerged as one of the most preferred destinations for professionals and students seeking better career prospects in the Middle East.
Each year, tens of young professionals obtain various types of Dubai work visas and permits which enable them to legally live and work in one of the most multicultural societies on the planet.
In this article, Campuslifestyle takes you through the visa application processes as well as the various different visas that enable you to live and work in Dubai.
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Types of Dubai visas and entry permits
Unless you are a UAE or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) national, you will be required to apply for a visa before being allowed to live and work in Dubai.
There are several different types of visas that will allow you to enter Dubai. However, only a few specific ones will grant you the ability to legally work in Dubai. We shall look at these in turn.
Visas that allow you entry into Dubai
The following listed visa will allow you to enter the UAE:
- Visa on arrival – this entry permit is granted to those visiting the UAE for a short period of time, up to either 30 or 90 days. Your nationality determines whether you get a visa on arrival or not, and how long that visa is permitted. Check with your local consulate for specifics regarding your case.
- Tourist visa – this entry permit is for those who are not eligible for the visa on arrival mentioned above, but want to stay a short period.
- Transit visa – this entry permit is for those who do not qualify for the visa on arrival and who are traveling through the UAE.
- Patient visa – this entry visa allows people, and their companions, to enter the UAE for medical treatment.
- Retirement visa – this residence visa allows the holder to continue to live in Dubai once they have retired. If you buy a property or invest in a business in the UAE, you can reside in the nation on the basis of this visa.
Visas that allow you to work in Dubai
If you want to work in the UAE, you must have a residency visa and work permit (evidence of employment). In order to acquire a Dubai work permit before you move to the UAE, the first step is to find a job.
It will then be your employer’s responsibility to apply for the work permit and residency visa on your behalf, as they will be your sponsor.
The visa process begins once a permit is secured. After this, you can enter the country and stay there for two months. It will then be the employer’s responsibility to complete medical testing, stamp the work residency permit on their employee’s passport and acquire a UAE Resident Identity and Labour Card.
1. Husband or wife visa
If your spouse currently works in Dubai, they can become your sponsor – as well as the sponsor of any children you may both have. This will allow you and your children to live in the city and will grant you a Dubai work permit.
There are different criteria to meet as a man and a woman when applying to sponsor your family:
- A man must earn a minimum monthly salary of AED 4,000 (about US$1,100) or AED 3,000 (about US$800) plus accommodation.
- A woman must earn a minimum monthly salary of AED 10,000 (about US$2,700) and have permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
It is also worth noting that it is illegal to be gay in Dubai and same-sex marriage is not recognized by the authorities. As such, the visa will only work if you are part of a heterosexual couple.
2. Student visa
While this may not seem the obvious option for a Dubai employment visa and won’t be applicable for everyone, since 2017 international students have been permitted to work part-time jobs in the UAE on their student visas. If you’re planning on moving to Dubai to work full-time, this won’t be an option for you.
- Other options
There is yet another non-conventional but popular way used to obtain a Dubai work visa. It is possible to enter Dubai with a visitor visa – such as a visa on arrival or a tourist visa – and then find a job while you are there and have your prospective employer sponsor you.
However, you will not be able to guarantee that you will get a job, and you will not be able to work until your visa has been approved.
In Dubai, employers are required to provide health insurance for their employees. As the sponsor, it is their responsibility to provide a form of basic coverage.
However, if you want or require more coverage, or are not yet employed in the emirate, then you may need to consider a local, compliant international health insurance plan.
How to get a Dubai visa
You can apply for your visa online. You will be required to provide a scanned copy of your passport and a clear image of yourself. The UAE visa photo size is 4.3cm x 5.5cm.
Proof of residency, a completed application form, and the application fee will also be required. You may also be required to supply a birth certificate or copies of your diplomas.
If you are sponsoring a family member, you will also need to provide a copy of your residence visa and UAE Resident Identity Card with the application.
How long will the visa take to process?
Work visa: Although the UAE government does not state an advised time for processing a Dubai work visa, it suggests that it is often between two and seven working days for the entry permit.
This will allow you to enter the country and live in the city for two months.
Your employer will then have to complete other aspects of your application, which they have up to 60 days to do. There will also be security checks, which can be time-consuming.
Family visa: The entry permit aspect of a family visa can take as little as two days to retrieve. The remaining processes to complete the visa can take up to two weeks.
How much will a Dubai visa cost?
This is a popular question but note that there is no solid answer. When it comes to getting a work visa sponsored by your employer, the prices range depending on the size of the workforce and the turnover of the company. The good news is that the cost of your work visa is paid for by your employer.
Visa fees for Dubai family permits can vary, depending on whether you’re sponsoring your spouse or your spouse and children.
In conclusion, UAE visa application requirements and processes are among the least hectic in the world, hence the high number of ex-pats currently living and working in the UAE.
The emirates offer great career prospects, cultural and social diversity (with some strict religious rules), and a performing economy that allows you to save and plan for your future. It is an opportunity you must consider taking if the Middle East is one of your options.
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